Ajax Again Earns Top 150 Workplace Honors

Ajax Again Earns Top 150 Workplace Honors

“Even today, with all that’s going on around us that we can’t control, our colleagues continue to make Ajax a great place to work.”
– Kent Djubek, Ajax President

“There are plenty of well-run companies here in Minnesota that are really good places to work.  Our Top 150 Workplaces recognition places us among them. We’re honored,” said Ajax President Kent Djubek.

“Although we’re not always perfect, neither are we satisfied with being average. Through a continuous effort to improve, we can unleash our potential as individuals and as a company. In that way, Ajax will remain a great place to work.”

Ajax is a Top 150 Workplace

Ajax is a Top 150 Workplace

 

Ajax has been recognized as a Star Tribune Top Workplaces company each year since 2014.

To qualify for the Star Tribune Top Workplaces, a company must have more than 50 employees in Minnesota. Nearly 3,000 companies were invited to participate.

Star Tribune Publisher Michael J. Klingensmith said, “The companies in the Star Tribune Top 150 Workplaces deserve high praise for creating the very best work environments in the state of Minnesota. My congratulations to each of these exceptional companies.”

View the complete Top Workplaces list here.

Ajax Repeats As A MNSHARP Worksite

Ajax Repeats As A MNSHARP Worksite

Back in mid-February 2020, Ajax hosted members of the Minnesota OSHA Workplace Safety Consultation (WSC) unit to renew the Ajax MNSHARP Worksite status.  As with previous years, the WSC visit focused on the type of improvements that make the Ajax workplace as safe as possible.

Ajax just received word that the 2020 renewal application was approved. Ajax is once again a MNSHARP Worksite. Mission accomplished!

“One lost-time injury is one too many,” said Ajax President Kent Djubek. “We’ve been a part of the MNSHARP program for many years. We’re willing to take extra time to make these continual improvements because we know they prevent injuries,” he said.  In 2019, Ajax was one of only 37 MNSHARP Worksites.

The Process

The Ajax Safety Team works directly with MNSHARP auditors to develop and implement the company’s written safety program. Key elements of this program include management leadership and employee involvement, allocation of resources to address safety issues, systems that identify and control workplace hazards, and a plan for employee safety training and education. The Ajax team then pursues an aggressive compliance work plan to make the program changes and improvements.

About MNSHARP

MNSHARP recognizes companies whose managers and employees work together to develop safety and health programs that go beyond basic compliance with all applicable OSHA standards, and result in immediate and long-term prevention of job-related injuries and illnesses.

Incentives for participant companies include assistance from the department’s Minnesota OSHA Workplace Safety Consultation (WSC) unit, public recognition for employers and employees, and exemption from Minnesota OSHA Compliance scheduled inspection lists.

To achieve this status, each company works together with WSC to develop and implement an effective written safety program. Key elements of this comprehensive program include management leadership and employee involvement; allocation of resources to address safety issues; systems that identify and control workplace hazards; and a plan for employee safety training and education.

U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), encourages employers to operate exemplary safety and health management systems by offering participation in recognition and exemption programs. MNSHARP is Minnesota’s version of that program.

Thanks and congratulations, Ajax Safety Team!

FDA Approval!

FDA Approval!

Great news!

The Food and Drug Administration yesterday issued emergency use authorization (EUA) for the “Coventor” ventilator prototype developed by the Bakken Medical Devices Center at the University of Minnesota.  Ajax worked directly with the project leaders at BMDC to produce enclosures for the prototype.

The FDA’s approval enables the project to move from prototype to finished product. Ajax colleagues are now forming enclosures for the manufacturer. About 1,400 units will be completed by early next week.

Our thanks go out to all the Ajax colleagues who have been putting in long hours to form and deliver parts for this emergency life-saving machine.

Some background on the project is here.

Press on, Ajax!

Safety Week At Ajax

Safety Week At Ajax

The Ajax Safety Leadership Team is on task this week to renew Ajax’s MNSHARP Worksite status for 2020. Ajax is one of only 37 MNSHARP Worksites.

The Ajax Safety Leadership Team works directly with MNSHARP auditors to develop and implement the company’s written safety program. Key elements of this program include management leadership and employee involvement, allocation of resources to address safety issues, systems that identify and control workplace hazards, and a plan for employee safety training and education.

About MNSHARP

The Minnesota Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (MNSHARP) recognizes companies whose managers and employees work together to develop safety and health programs. MNSHARP seeks to go beyond basic compliance with all applicable OSHA standards towards immediate and long-term prevention of job-related injuries and illnesses.

U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), encourages employers to operate exemplary safety and health management systems by offering participation in recognition and exemption programs. MNSHARP is Minnesota’s version of that program.

Thanks Team!

 

Curt Jasper Inducted Into Minnesota National Guard Court of Honor

Curt Jasper Inducted Into Minnesota National Guard Court of Honor

Ajax Human Resources Manager Courtney Mickelson and Director of Operations Curt Jasper shown at the company’s continuous improvement board.


Ajax Metal Forming Director of Operations Curt Jasper was inducted into the Minnesota National Guard Court of Honor on October 6, 2019 at Camp Ripley in Little Falls, Minnesota. The Court of Honor recognizes service members who have distinguished themselves during their military service and within their communities.

Curt has achieved the rank of Command Sargent Major, the highest enlisted rank in the United States Army.

“The Court of Honor is an inspirational achievement for everyone in the Minnesota National Guard – young and old, enlisted or commissioned,” said Col. Brian Melton, Camp Ripley Garrison Commander. “The exceptional example of service each inductee embodies has motivated us all for several decades and will well into the future.”

“Curt continues to make invaluable contributions to our company and his community,” said Ajax President Kent Djubek. “Our colleagues here at Ajax join Curt’s friends and family in celebrating this great honor.”

Ajax a Top Workplace Five Years Running

Ajax a Top Workplace Five Years Running

Ajax Metal Forming of Minneapolis, MN picked up another StarTribune Top Workplaces honor for 2019. That’s five and counting.


StarTribune Top Workplaces recognition is no small thing. It tells people that our company cares about our employees. It gets our name out there via a major metropolitan newspaper. More importantly, it means that our people think Ajax is a swell place to work.

We like that. A lot. It’s the kind of humbling endorsement that goes far beyond industry awards (we like those too, BTW).

If you’ve never run a business, you may not appreciate just how important your people are to the success of your company. When people think highly of the company they work for, they’re more effective at their jobs. Customers sense that right away.

Ajax is celebrating our 75th anniversary this year. We’ll continue to do what it takes to remain one of the top employers in the Twin Cities area. The future of our company depends on having great people in every role.